Trying to get your hands on an iPhone 5 at the Apple Store today? We're sorry to say, but long lines await you. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives, like the more cost-effective iPhone 4 and 4S or a smartphone that's — dare we say — not made by Apple. But 'tis the season of changing colors, so here are five equally stylish, equally smart iPhone 5 alternatives.
We heard rumblings of a March 11 release date for the Nokia Lumia 900 on the floor at CES, but according to leaked documents handed over to BGR, the date might actually be closer to March 18. What's even more exciting? The docs indicate a $100 price tag.
The Nokia Lumia 900 was easily the most talked-about gadget at CES this year, coming with a sleek blue or black bod and Windows Phone 7 Mango. And with a price tag that small, Nokia could have a massive hit on its hands. Tell us — would you buy the Nokia Lumia 900?
You may have noticed how excited we've been about the Windows Phone operating system around these parts, so of course, I jumped at the chance to review the Samsung Focus S ($200) on AT&T. This lean and mean phone comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen and is only 8.5 mm at its thinnest point. But take away all the impressive specs and the cool features that come packed in Windows Phone Mango, and it's simply an enjoyable device that can become quite the addiction.
I spent one day with the Samsung Focus S, using it instead of my iPhone 4S during a typical workday. Check out my first impressions (and stay tuned for a full review) in the slideshow!
There were a number of smartphones introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, ranging from large and powerful to sleek and sexy. Which will you choose? Get to know each of them a little better here.
There are many (many, many) smartphones being unveiled at CES this year, and AT&T has announced at least eight of them. Six Android and two Windows phones will be coming soon to the network, all of which will feature 4G LTE speeds. Get to know each of them a little better here. Which will you choose?
The wait is over, y'all; Nokia head Stephen Elop took the stage alongside Steve Ballmer and AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega earlier today to officially announce the 4G LTE Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone, slated to hit AT&T in the coming months. The phone is quite a stunner with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen and your choice of cyan or black for an exterior hue. There are over 50,000 apps just waiting to be discovered in the Windows Marketplace, including those from partners like Sesame Street, CNN, and ESPN, and you can download plenty of apps, music, movies, and lots more with 16GB of storage space.
If you're a smartphone photographer, the 8MP camera will impress: it's stocked with a Carl Zeiss F2.2 aperture lens for the clearest and best possible pictures. There's even a 1MP F.2.4 forward-facing camera.
Stay tuned for pricing and release date details. This is one phone we've got our eye on.
The Nokia Lumia 800 was announced in the wee hours of yesterday morning, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Not only is this device a spitting image of the drool-worthy N9, but this one is US bound in "early 2012" with a rumored price tag of $600 off contract. You've got your preferred Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone device already, so why should you even bother giving this phone a second glance? I've got five reasons for you right here.
- It's beautiful — Say what you want about colorful phones, but the cyan and magenta tones of this device are pretty stunning. Nokia eliminated any unnecessary ports to keep the sleek polycarbonate shell as smooth as possible. This, of course, means that there is no external SD card support, but with 16GB of onboard storage, it shouldn't be a problem for the average user. Plus, the slightly curved AMOLED 3.7-inch display is crisp, clear, and the perfect size for storing in your clutch or handbag.
- It's a Windows Phone — The Nokia 800 fits the style and feel of Mango like a glove — the sleek look and brightly colored tiles make these two a match made in heaven. Plus, Mango 7.5 comes with some amazing features — like Kinect and Xbox support, Handsfree, and Threads — that are built right into the software.
- It's got a great camera — The Lumia 800 comes stocked with an 8MP camera with f/2.2 lens, which stands up to the iPhone 4S, but comes with extra features like manual exposure and white balance, a dual LED flash, red-eye reduction, and Carl Zeiss optics.
- It can be your navigation device — Nokia is stocking the Lumia 800 with a free voice-powered turn-by-turn navigation system, allowing you to ditch all your other GPS devices and apps.
- It's a break from the norm — If you're craving something different, I urge you to check out the Mango OS. You might find it counter-intuitive to move from app icons to tiles and threads, but the user experience is quite pleasant once you get used to it. Plus, it's simply beautiful. The live tiles, colors, threads, and fonts all make for a unique device. Adding in the look and feel of the Lumia 800? That's just icing on the cake.
What do you think of the new Nokia Lumia 800 Mango phone? Get a look at it in action in the demo video after the break.
It's no secret that I'm a little bit smitten with the Windows Phone UI (and now Windows 8), so I'm excited to see T-Mobile's new Windows Phone offering, the HTC Radar 4G. Coming this holiday season, the Mango-running Radar 4G will be stocked with a 3.8-inch LCD touchscreen, 1Ghz processor, 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a VGA forward-facing camera, along with a dedicated camera button on the aluminum white body so you can snap pics instantly without having to unlock your phone.
Windows Phone Mango has plenty of features to love as well, like Kinect support, SMS dictation, fast app resume, and threads, along with the sleek tiled interface. No pricing details have been released yet, so stay tuned for more info.
AT&T announced today that its entire collection of Windows phones would be getting an upgrade to Mango 7.5 this Fall. Plus, there will be three new Windows phones to choose from — the Samsung Focus S, Samsung Focus Flash, and HTC Titan — later this year.
Though Windows phone users seem to be few and far between, when compared to those smartphone users that pledge allegiance to iOS, Android, or BlackBerry, Microsofts Mango has often tempted me away from my standard iPhone fare. The user interface is quite pleasing (once you get used to not clicking on icons, like you find in most phones these days), and super stylish. Plus, when Mango was first released, it came with over 500 new features. Now that Mango 7.5 is out in the open, check out some of the features that might make you want to switch:
- Hands free — When you're driving, Mango can announce an incoming call or text message and will allow you to respond to either without ever picking up your handset. Safe driving FTW!
- Threads — Switch between your active texts, Facebook chats, or instant messages in one threaded space, so you can keep the conversation going no matter where it takes place.
- Local Scout — Bing will aggregate activities and events that are going on around your current location and allow you to rate each activity.
- App Shortcuts — Kind of like multitasking, App Shortcuts are a handy feature in Mango. For example, if you're reading about a movie while surfing the web, Mango will create a quick shortcut to your IMDB app, so you can check out the film's details.
- Fast app resume — This feature keeps things moving as it quickly reboots apps that have been recently used.
- Turn-by-turn navigation — Bing Maps supports voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions, so you don't have to take your hands or eyes off the wheel when you're in a new 'hood.
- Kinect support — For the übergamer: you can interact with Xbox Kinect games with your Mango phone.
- Bing Vision — Scan QR, Microsoft Tags, books, CDs and DVDs for quick info and pricing.
- SMS dictation — Microsoft Tellme technology helps you text on the go by enabling you to speak your texts instead of typing them on your virtual keyboard.
Want to learn more about the three new Windows Phones coming to AT&T? Catch the available specs after the break.